Look at West Virginia University paying tribute to the late, great John Denver.
We all know the song, and there’s a good chance you’ve sang it at the top of your lungs at a karaoke bar at some point in your life. Or just any bar…
We’re talking about Denver’s 1971 hit, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” one of the most recognizable country songs of all time.
And of course, the song gives a nod to West Virginia where Denver sings:
“Almost heaven, West Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River Life is old there, older than the trees Younger than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze
Country roads, take me home To the place I belong West Virginia, mountain mama Take me home, country roads…”
Of course, many argue that Denver is actually singing about Western Virginia based on the geography of lyrics and the fact that John Denver had never even been to West Virginia at the time the song was written:
Fact: John Denver had never been to West Virginia when he wrote Take Me Home Country Roads, and the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah River barely even touch the state of West Virginia. The song is about western Virginia https://t.co/MM92wM5Ccvpic.twitter.com/PYgyHWLTAm
Nevertheless, John’s cowriters, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert (who actually wrote most of the song), recalled listening Saturday Night Jamboree, a West Virginia radio broadcast, so they seemed to have the state of West Virginia in mind.
Either way, the song is basically the official anthem of all things West Virginia, and now, West Virginia University is paying homage with their new uniforms.
They’ve officially unveiled their brand new “Country Roads” uniforms for their upcoming rivalry game against Pittsburgh, which has been widely known as the “Backyard Brawl.”
The helmets will feature the state of West Virginia, with the “WV” logo inside of it, along with the state’s notable highway I-79, and a number of other country roads as well that the state is known for.
The game is slated for this Thursday at 7:00 PM at Acrisure Stadium, both home to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers.
Pitt will enter the game at number 17 in the nation and WVU will be unranked, but whenever you’ve got a rivalry game on your hands, nothing is guaranteed.
West Virginia will wear special Country Roads uniforms Thursday at Pitt in "Backyard Brawl." They feature roadmap of I-79 & various country roads in West Virginia pic.twitter.com/eviYulGVPu